To dye or not to dye? That is my question. Do you or don’t you? I do. Oh, I do. And I have for most of my life. Here’s the scoop. I dyed my hair various shades of bright colors (green, red, blue, pink, purple) way back before it was cool. In fact, during my teenage years, I was labeled as a weirdo with my ever-changing rainbow locks. My genetically predetermined hair color was a boring shade of brown and I hated it. And as much as I hated it, I had an equal and opposite reaction in my love for dying my hair unnatural colors. Call it rebellion. Call it strange. Call it attention-seeking, if you will. I always just called it self-expression. But the color I have always come back to is black. It is the hair color that makes me feel like my most natural self. And now in my forties, my genetically predetermined hair color is an awful shade of gray. So I continue to dye it black.
I am teaming up today with Rena of Fine Whatever to talk about the dilemma of coloring your hair. We also have both styled the same pair of adorable green floral pants. And she will be co-hosting my #SpreadTheKindness Link Up as well. So you can link up at the bottom of this post or pop on over and check out Rena’s post and you can link up there!
Editor’s Note: This is the comment I have left on Rena’s post and I thought I might as well insert it right here…“Rena, such a great post! And you were way more thorough than I in drafting a fabulous post (I apologize for my lackadaisical writing on this one…I’ve got the “moving blues” but good and am feeling quite harried with all the packing and such!) Putting my excuses aside, I adore the way you have style these pants! And how funny (or maybe simply just connected) that we have both used pieces from Old Navy on the top half of our outfits! So, yes, totally different styles and lives and body types…yet we are continually drawn to purchase from the same retailers similar pieces (or the exact same pieces in this case). For me, that says so much about fashion and how it can simply bring people together in such an amazing way! I wish you so much luck with the transition to gray! I do not look forward to making the transition myself at this point (although I probably should seeing as I have been too lazy to color my hair as of late and I am probably half way transitioned already). It is always fun to join you, my friend, in collaborations. Thanks so much for coming up with this one. It was fun!”
Let me be clear…I abhor the actual process of coloring my hair. I absolutely hate spending the money to have it colored at the salon. I also am way too impatient to sit in the salon and wait for the color to set. On the flip side, I utterly cannot stand coloring it myself. I make a hot mess when I color it at home. I miss spots along my hairline. I splash hair color all over my bathroom. If I forget to wear gloves, I end up with gray fingernails for 2 weeks. I am a complete disaster when I color my own hair. But as much as I hate the process of coloring my hair, I am simply not ready to go gray.
I noticed my first gray hairs some time in my mid-twenties. And I always told myself that if my gray hair turned out to be a lovely silver shade, I would go gray when I turned 50. Well, I will be 43 next month and my gray is not a lovely shade of silver. It is drab and it is gross. But I still have 7 years until I have to make that decision. Maybe the silver will come by then. Maybe it won’t. Until then, I reserve my right to change my mind a hundred times or more.
Currently, my roots are about a 1/2 inch long and I am way over due for a color. But I procrastinate like a champion on this one! Perhaps this week, I will feel compelled to make a mess of my bathroom and get it done. Only time will tell.
Onto these green floral pants…Oh I am in love. First of all, they are green. My forever favorite color. And they are floral. One of my favorite patterns ever. And they are cropped and they are wide legged and they feel like I am wearing pajamas all day long. My very favorite thing to wear! (Seriously, I change into my pajamas as soon as both kids are home from school…at like 3:15 in the afternoon!)
Florals and stripes are two of my favorite patterns to mix. I also am very much digging layering dresses of baggy pants to create an old school eccentric boho vibe. When I saw these pants, I knew immediately that I was going to pair them with something striped. Enter this super comfortable striped tee shirt dress. Add in my furry rose gold slides (they are like slippers) and I am in sartorial heaven. People may have cast some glances my way with a turned up eyebrow the day I wore this outfit. But as Rena would say, “Fine. Whatever.” I wore this eclectic combination with confidence and even rocked these gray roots!
Pants: Merona Printed Wide Leg Pant for Target.
Dress: Old Navy Heavy Knit Shift Dress in White Stripe.
Cardigan: Old Navy (No longer available. Other options here, here, and here).
Shoes: Burlington Coat Factory (No longer available. Other options here, here, and here).
Scarf: Burlington Coat Factory (Calvin Klein. Very old).
Necklace: LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s (A few years old).
Do let me know…to dye or not to dye? What is your preference?
And your favorite posts from last week’s link up…
Yvonne of Funky Forty looks ravishing in red in her post Red the Best Ever Spring Fashion Trick! I agree with her completely…if you want to amp up your Spring wardrobe, add a fabulous new piece in red!
Amy of Stylin’ Granny Mama shared a gorgeous casual outfit in beautiful blush in her post Pantone Spring 2017 – Pale Dogwood. I am loving the monochromatic look she has created with the splash of color in her fun scarf!
Now to link or not to link? That’s entirely up to you. But I would sure be happy if you did!
Keeping it dyed on the edge,
Linking up with these Fabulous Link Ups.